Kanye West is returning to his hometown. After reports of a third — or fourth, if you count Las Vegas — Donda listening party surfaced earlier this week, Kanye confirmed it on Wednesday (August 18), confirming plans for a third — or fourth, if you count Las Vegas — Donda listening party, this time in Chicago’s Soldier Field on August 26.
On Instagram, Kanye West disclosed his plans with a flier that says,
While some fans have lost trust in the project, others are excited to hear what other changes Kanye has made to the album’s 20+ tracks. JAY-Z, Travis Scott, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, The Weeknd, Lil Yachty, Ty Dolla $ign, Jay Electronica, The LOX, Griselda, Playboi Carti, Baby Keem, Fivio Foreign, Vory, the late Pop Smoke, Pusha T, and others all appear on Donda, which is a star-studded effort in the style of a DJ Khaled album
Apple Music was the only streamer of Kanye West’s two Atlanta listening events, when he was cooped up temporarily inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
With over 5.4 million viewers, the second event became the most-watched Apple Music exclusive ever. Kanye West allegedly made $7 million in item sales at each of the in-person events, which drew over 40,000 people.
Fans should “expect a more detailed show on a whole other level,” according to Kanye’s confidant Ameer Sudan, who told Billboard.
With the Chicago listening scheduled for next Thursday (August 26), there’s renewed optimism that Donda may eventually drop in the hours after the event on Friday (August 27).
Abou “Bu” Thiam, Kanye’s manager and Akon’s brother, reacted to a fan by claiming the album will “100%” come after the Chicago listening.